Swanson joins 1,000-point club as Fillies down Conant
It was a great game for the Barrington girls basketball team, and a huge milestone for one player when the Fillies hosted Conant Tuesday night in the Mid-Suburban League.
Barrington had to struggle early on against the Cougars as it built a 14-13 lead after one quarter while junior standout Sophie Swanson picked up two early fouls and sat out the entire second quarter as she was pursuing 1,000 career points.
The Fillies (12-5, 2-1 MSL West) outscored the Cougars 13-2 in the second quarter to go ahead 27-15 at halftime as Swanson only had 2 of the 17 points she needed to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
But Conant (7-8, 1-3) had no answer for Barrington or Swanson in the second half as the Fillies would take a 50-26 lead into the fourth quarter before cruising to a 62-45 victory.
Barrington's Allison Funk scored 11 of her team-high 19 points in the first half while Swanson scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half, including a driving basket with 5:18 to play that gave her 1,001 career points, setting off a wild Fillies celebration on the court.
"(Swanson) picked up a couple of quick fouls so we had to sit her. I'm just so proud of the kids how they executed the whole half and I couldn't be happier for Allison Funk," said Barrington coach Babbi Barreiro. "Obviously Sophie is a very special player and I think for her to reach that milestone speaks to her ability as an offensive talent and it was nice to do it with all of her teammates around her. She's just one of those once in a generation type of players so I'm very happy for her."
A drive and a 3-pointer got Swanson rolling in the third quarter before another drive and 2 more 3-pointers gave her 16 points with 6:34 to play.
"Coming into this game I knew I was 17 points away, but I didn't want to stay too fixated on it and focus on it," said Swanson. "I definitely wouldn't be here without my teammates. They're a key part of my success and I wouldn't change that for anything. I love her (coach Barreiro), I have a really close relationship with her so accomplishing this with her still being my coach is a great feeling and she's one of the best persons to coach me."
Conant got a team-high 15 points from Aria Mazza followed by teammates Asha Cobb and Olivia Czarny with 10 and 8 points respectively. Barrington's Molly O'Riordan scored 9 points while Conant's Kanna Bradarich had 7 points.
"They came out with a ton of energy and we really didn't match that," said Conant coach Todd Strauch. "Sophie is a great player, she turned it up in the second half, and she's a really, really good high school basketball player."